Reforging is a critical tool for optimizing your character in World of Warcraft, but how exactly do you do it and what is best for each class and spec? Find out here!
What to Reforge
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Introduced in the World of Warcraft Cataclysm expansion, Reforging is an ability that will allow players
to easily and quickly customize the stats on their gear. Ultimately
Place the item you wish to
Reforge in the box at the top left of the screen.
players will be able take a rather undesirable stat from a piece of
exchange it for a more useful stat. Players wishing to use the
reforging skill should seek out Arcane Reforgers who can be found in
major cities, usually near the Enchanting trainer.
As mentioned above in order to start the reforging process players must
visit an Arcane Reforger in a major city, and now in a few places in Pandaria. Added with Mists of Pandaria you can find the reforgers in Pandaria at the Shrine of the Seven Stars or the Shrine of the Two Moons, both of which are in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
you make your way to a reforger though, be sure to have the
piece of gear you wish to reforge in your bags. Once you arrive at the
Arcane Reforger simply right click on the NPC to open the Reforging
Once the menu has been opened reforging an item is a rather easy
process. Simply place
the item you wish to reforge in the box in the top left hand corner
(next to the text that says “Drag an item here to reforge
it"). Once the item you wish to reforge is in place, two new drop down
menus appear. The
first allows the player to choose what stat from the item they wish to
reduce in place of another. This menu will only list stats that are
available for the process and will also display how much the chosen
stat will be reduced.
Use the Restore button at the
bottom of the screen to undo the reforging process.
Once the stat is chosen that the player wishes to reduce the next drop
down menu will become active. This menu will allow the player to choose
a stat to add to the item and will also display
how much of that stat
will be added. Once chosen players can view the current stats side by
side with the pending stat changes just below the drop down menus. The
price of the reforging process will also be displayed. Check to be sure
the changes appear to be correct and then simply hit the reforge button
at the bottom of the screen to complete the reforging process.
Since item stats can only be reforged one at a time there may come a
point along the way where the player decides they would like to choose
another stat to add or they may simply want to restore the item to
it’s original state. In order to do this simply take the item
back to the Arcane Reforger and once again place the item into the box
in the top left corner of the Reforging screen. Once the item is placed
all the player need do it simply click the Restore button located at
the bottom of the screen next to the Reforge button.
two available drop down menus
to remove and add a stat from
- Critical Strike
- Parry Rating
- Hit Rating
- Haste Rating
- Expertise Rating
- Resilience Rating
After comfirming that the
displayed the changes
are correct, simply hit the Reforge button to complete the process
- Reforging allows only 40% of
a stat to
be exchanged for another stat.
- An item must be level 200 or
above to be reforged.
- The newly added stat cannot
already exist on the item being reforged.
- An item cannot have more
than one reforged stat at a time.
Reforging was added to the game to allow more gear options for players
and to reduce the number of items that were left to rot or simply
disenchanted. reforging is not in any way intended to be used on all
items. Let me repeat that reforging SHOULD NOT be used on just any
Instead reforging should be used in instances where a piece of gear
could be an excellent upgrade for a player if only it had some minor
changes made to it, especially if that item would otherwise be
discarded. So for example if an item drops with Spirit instead of the
Haste, the item still may be salvageable as Haste can be added with the
reforging. So the next time a piece of gear drops that
doesn’t quite fit your ideal stats, don’t pass it
up, take a step back and above consider if reforging could make it the
perfect piece of gear for you!